Business leaders urged to step-up response to cyber threats

On 5 September 2012, the government published advice to business on measures that they can take to raise the levels of cyber security within their organisations and their supply chains. Although advice on how businesses can better secure their networks and data already exists, for the first time this brings together in one place government advice for the private sector. The new guidance publications are available from the cyber security downloads page.

Protecting your business has never been more important. As the numbers of websites, e-mails and electronic files increase, and the ways to access them become more flexible, the threat to your information mounts. Visit the Business Links guide on IT Information Security for more background.

Businesses can benefit from being more ‘cyber aware’ and this can often be done simply and free of charge, e.g. by reconfiguring existing spend on IT. As well as having up to date software, firewalls and patching (updating) systems regularly, businesses should also understand what information they have and how it might be at risk. Learning more and having a plan is a good start. Advice can be found at the Get Safe Online web site and the Security Advice section of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure web site.

Contact Net Essence if you would like advice for your business on how managing your IT and to arrange a Free Network Security Audit.

Downloads from The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

  • Cyber risk management: a board level responsibility (PDF, 298 Kb) Adobe PDF icon Aimed at senior executives, this provides high level questions which will help to determine critical information assets, support strategic level risk discussions and help them ensure the right safeguards and cultures are in place.
  • PDF 10 steps to cyber security: executive companion (PDF, 3.0 Mb)  Adobe PDF icon Offers guidance for business on how to make the UK’s networks more resilient and protect key information assets against cyber threats. It focuses around key points of risk management and corporate governance and includes some anonymous case studies based on real events.
  • PDF 10 steps to cyber security: advice sheets (PDF, 4.7 Mb) Adobe PDF icon Provides detailed cyber security information and advice for 10 critical areas, both technical and process/cultural areas. Summarises each issue, outlines the potential risks and provides some practical measures and advice to reduce these risks. The material integrates the “Top 20 Critical Controls for Effective Cyber Defence” as endorsed by CPNI.


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